Former Indian hockey captain Singh Sardar & head of the women’s national team, Gurnam Kaur, has announced her retirement from the sport.
Kaur, who has been a fixture on the Indian team for over 15 years, made the announcement at a press conference held at the Sardara Singh Hockey Academy in New Delhi.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to retire from the game of hockey,” said Kaur. “I have been blessed to have represented my country for so many years and it has been an honor to wear the Indian jersey. I would like to thank all of my teammates, coaches, and support staff for their contributions to my career.”
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Kaur’s retirement comes as a surprise to many in the hockey world, as she had been expected to compete in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
However, sources close to the team say that Kaur had been considering retirement for some time and that the recent birth of her son played a role in her decision.
“Gurnam has been an incredible leader for our team and an inspiration to young girls across India,” said Sardara Singh, head coach of the Indian women’s hockey team.
“She has helped us immensely in our journey to become a top-ranked team in the world and we will miss her on the field.”
Kaur will be replaced as captain by her longtime teammate Jasveer Singh, who is currently the vice-captain of the team.
Jasveer is a respected player within the team and is known for her offensive prowess. She will be the first Sikh woman to serve as captain of the Indian hockey team.
Gurnam Kaur’s retirement from hockey comes as a shock to many but Jasveer Singh is more than qualified to take over as captain. Kaur leaves behind an incredible legacy and will be remembered as one of India’s all-time greats.
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